Anvil’s Summer Reading List 2018


Summer is here — the perfect time to catch up on reading your most-coveted books! Don’t forget to take a book with you whether you’re heading to a beach or having a staycation at home. Here are some of our suggestions:

All My Lonely Islands
by VJ Campilan

One crisp March evening, Crisanta and Ferdinand arrive on the remote Batanes islands for a mission: locate Graciella, whose son, Stevan, they saw die in a tragic accident a decade ago. But they need to confess something to her: Stevan’s death is not all what it seems. Oppressed by a decade of painful memories, Crisanta and Ferdinand must race against time—from the wild swamplands of the Sundarban forest in Bangladesh to the back alleys of Manila to the savage cliffs of Batanes—to offer Graciella the truth that they themselves cannot bear to face.

Locust Girl: A Lovesong
by Merlinda Bobis

Almost everything has dried up: water, the womb, even the love among lovers. Hunger is rife, except across the border. One night, a village is bombed after its men attempt to cross the border. Nine-year-old Amedea is buried underground and sleeps to survive. Ten years later, she wakes with a locust embedded in her brow. This political fable is a girl’s magical journey through the border. The border has cut the human heart. Can she repair it with the story of a small life? This is the Locust Girl’s dream, her lovesong—for those walking to the border for dear life. And those guarding the border for dear life.

Agos: Modern European Writers in Filipino
by Jaroslav Olsa, Jr.

Sa labing-apat na kuwentong Europeong ito, na pinili ni Ambassador Jaroslav Olsa, Jr. at isinalin ni Susana Borrero para sa mambabasang Filipino, makabubuo tayo ng panibagong larawan ng Europa na ibang-iba sa ating nakasanayan. Ilan lamang sa mga tauhan ng bagong Europang ito ay isang Czech na spaceman, isang radikal na indibidwalista, isang pamilya ng mga time traveler, at isang babaeng namumulat sa kaniyang sekswalidad. Ito ay mga kuwentong kontemporaryong magpapalawak sa ating pagkakakilanlan sa Europa, na hindi na lamang isang kontinenteng imperyal, kundi isang bago at nagbabagong Europa na sakay sa agos ng panahon at panitikan.

Doodles and Daydreams: From Doodler to Drawing Diva in Just 30 Days!
by May Tobias

Never say “never.” It’s never too late to learn how to draw. It’s just a matter of learning some basic skills and building up your confidence to diva levels. If you love to doodle, it’s time to take the next step. This book is packed with fun, practical, and inspiring exercises, prompts, tips, and examples from seasoned artist May Tobias in making your drawing diva dreams come true.

Ang Banal na Aklat ng mga Kumag
by Allan Derain

This groundbreaking novel by Allan N. Derain (who also drew the wonderful illustrations) is an irreverent postmodern take on Philippine folklore, history, and society. It was awarded the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature Grand Prize Winner for the Novel in Filipino.

Modern Philippine Confections

by Gene Gonzalez

Featuring recipes to timeless, well-loved sweets from marshmallows, macarons, to truffles and more, Modern Philippine Confections is a must-have cookbook for chefs, professional or aspiring, and sweet-toothed foodies, too.

Banana Heart Summer

by Merlinda Bobis

This novel is a sensuous, poignant and quirky feast. Smoky coconut chicken in green papayas, sticky rice with sweet anise, or spicy and sorrowful peccadillos whet and challenge the palate and the heart—how to endure this delectable argument of flavors; how to find that balance between love and anger. Touching, funny, elegiac, this is a truly original book.

The Summer Solstice and Other Stories
by Nick Joaquin

The Summer Solstice and Other Stories is a trio of tales where religion and superstition, the mundane, and the mystical, converge. It features the title story “The Summer Solstice” as well as “The Mass of St. Sylvestre” and “The Order of Melkizedek.” Gothic, mysterious, and historical, The Summer Solstice and Other Stories is Philippine folklore, religion, and history packed in three marvelous stories.

Don’t Tell My Mother
by Brigitte Bautista

With an overly zealous mother as her guide, nineteen-year-old Sam has never had problems navigating through Christian suburbia before. But, all that changes when she befriends and becomes intrigued with Clara, her widowed neighbor and the village’s social outcast. When their friendship grows into the “unnatural,” Sam is forced to examine her upbringing and come to terms with who she really is.

A Field Guide to the Roads of Manila
by Dean Francis Alfar

A Field Guide to the Roads of Manila is a map to the worlds of award-winning fictionist Dean Francis Alfar’s imagination. The real and the unreal intersect in these fifteen stories of fantasy, science fiction, and horror and celebrate the wonder of speculative fiction.